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Sunday 22 October 2017

Tributes paid to 'selfless' victim of hit-and-run

The remains of Colin Tuite are taken for burial
The remains of Colin Tuite are taken for burial

A Meath man killed in a hit-and-run incident last week was remembered at his funeral as "selfless and generous" and someone who gave freely of his time and knowledge.

Colin Tuite (27), from Summerhill, was walking towards Summerhill village last Thursday when he was hit by a car. The driver failed to remain at the scene.

Mr Tuite was found with fatal injuries at around 8.50pm.

Parts of a car recovered at the scene were examined and gardai launched an appeal for information about a dark green Ford Mondeo saloon made between 2001 and 2007.

A man has since been arrested after presenting himself at Trim Garda Station.

Sadness

"It is with heavy hearts, with great sadness, and with great faith, we gather here to be with all of Colin's family," said Fr Michael Meade as he celebrated requiem mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dangan, Co Meath.

"All of you this past week have felt that loss, have felt that pain, have felt that heavy cross of loss. That loss is immeasurable.

"Colin was a man full of promise. In spite of his short life he achieved much - much to be admired, much to be envied. He gave his life, his knowledge. He gave it in love."

Gifts taken to the altar included Mr Tuite's passport, to represent his travels in life; a notepad in which he wrote of his favourite music; and his nameplate from when he appeared on the TV show Countdown in 2015.

Also taken to the altar was a copy of the thesis he wrote for his masters degree.

"It was inspired by Cheryl Cole. He actually got to meet her and she was very impressed, so she signed it for him. This was a very proud moment for Colin," said Fr Meade.

Mr Tuite had spent time in Korea teaching English to children, and a calendar from the school where he volunteered was also taken to the altar.

He is survived by his parents Noel and Anne, brother Thomas, sisters Lorraine and Yvonne, grandmother Mary Glennon and wider family.

After funeral mass, his remains were buried in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Gardai are appealing to anyone with information or who travelled on the Summerhill to Rathmolyon road between 8.30 and 9pm last Thursday to contact Trim Garda station on 046 9481540.

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